The holidays are here, and while that means good food, family, and friends, it also means added stress for weeks on end. One of the most challenging aspects of the holiday season comes in the form of gift giving; what can you get for your loved ones that will be affordable, unique, and satisfying? Try something new and give the gift of massage. There are a variety of different massages that will be a perfect fit for every member of the family:
Swedish massage is considered the “classic,” most commonly practiced form of massage therapy in the Western world. With a combination of gliding, kneading, repetitious strokes and gentle tapping, Swedish massage offers relaxation, relieves sore muscles, and increases circulation. This is a great gift for a family member who is a first-time massage client.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is the gift to give a family member who experiences chronic aches and pain, or is rehabilitating from some sort of injury. The therapist uses different massage techniques to access deeper layers of muscle tissue; although many people assume deep tissue requires painful massaging techniques, it doesn’t need to be painful to be effective and can be an extremely pleasant experience.
If you have a family member who is expecting, skip the generic holiday gifts of clothes and blankets and give her something she will really enjoy! Massage will help ease the discomforts that come with pregnancy, and regular massage therapy can even result in an easier delivery. There is also postnatal massage for mothers who have just recently given birth to restore both physical and emotional balance.
Aromatherapy Massage, which combines traditional massage with the addition of essential oils, is an ideal gift for the over-stressed family member. However, aromatherapy can benefit anyone and a multitude of specific needs due to the wide array of uses for essential oils. Oils can be used to treat stress, aches and pains, illness, exhaustion, and more.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is good for people who have tension but don’t necessarily enjoy an aggressive technique. Heated stones offer gentle relief to loosen tight muscles and bring a sense of peace and balance back to the client when placed on certain areas of the body.
Thai massage uses gentle pressure, stretches, and rhythmic compressions on specific areas of the body to enhance the flow of energy. It is best used for increased energy, flexibility, and overall relaxation.
Reflexology, or foot massage, is a great gift for the family member who frequently on their feet. Pressure points on the foot are stimulated and can affect many other parts of the body.
Don’t count massage out for infants and small children as well! Specialized therapists use a gentle touch to stimulate baby’s central nervous system, reduce crying, fussiness, and colic, and help baby sleep better. Massage really is the perfect gift for every member of the family!